"Big data represents an unprecedented opportunity to find new ways of reducing hunger and poverty, by applying data-driven solutions to ongoing research for development impact."
The 2017 Crawford Fund Annual Conference is titled ‘Transforming Lives and Livelihoods: The Digital Revolution in Agriculture,” and is being held on 7 and 8 August 2017 in Canberra.
The conference holds a key place in the development and food security calendar in Australia. The conference has eminent international and Australian speakers, including GODAN Executive Director Andre Laperriere, will focus on the current and future likely impact of the data revolution for smallholder farmers in Australia.
With extended question and answer sessions with speakers and opportunities for informal networking, the Fund’s annual conferences enable participants to contribute and to place food security issues into a context relevant to their lives and work.
The conference will open on 7 August with a networking dinner and the Sir John Crawford memorial address. Event organizers are pleased to have Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, an authoritative leader in agriculture, climate change and nutrition, presenting the Sir John Crawford Memorial Address this year titled, A New Narrative for Ending Hunger.
On 8 August the event will host a one-day Parliamentary Conference in Parliament House, Canberra and the list of speakers and the program show a day that commences with an opening by newly appointed Chair, the Hon John Anderson AO, and will include:
- keynotes from eminent international public and private sector speakers
- targeted overview presentations on the current state of play and innovative policy and development project options around impacts of big data on smallholder farmers
- a set of particularly innovative examples of work that have not previously been given the attention they deserve. These case studies will be short, rapid-fire presentations by leading Australian and international researchers across industries, global regions and along the food chain
Registration for this event is now open. Please the conference website for further details.
The Crawford Fund's mission is to increase Australia's engagement in international agricultural research, development and education for the benefit of developing countries and Australia. Click here to learn more.